Elements, Pt. 2

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Scandinavian prog-power-metal specialists Stratovarius begin their sequel to 2002's Elements, Pt. 1 with a neo-classical dirge called "Alpha and Omega," which showcases their melodic muscle and top-notch playing. Musically, the group are masters of fantasy-metal excess, but bereft of the Dungeons & Dragons hyperbole employed by similar artists. The series as a whole draws from blueprints laid out by Helloween's Keeper of the Seven Keys series, borrowing liberally from their nursery rhyme choruses, ferocious double-basslines, and operatic vocals -- lead singer Timo Kotipelto channels Helloween crooner Michael Kiske throughout -- without the thematic focus. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Scandinavian prog-power-metal specialists Stratovarius begin their sequel to 2002's Elements, Pt. 1 with a neo-classical dirge called "Alpha and Omega," which showcases their melodic muscle and top-notch playing. Musically, the group are masters of fantasy-metal excess, but bereft of the Dungeons & Dragons hyperbole employed by similar artists. The series as a whole draws from blueprints laid out by Helloween's Keeper of the Seven Keys series, borrowing liberally from their nursery rhyme choruses, ferocious double-basslines, and operatic vocals -- lead singer Timo Kotipelto channels Helloween crooner Michael Kiske throughout -- without the thematic focus. There are some inspired moments -- the brutal "Awaken the Giant" -- and anthems like "Season's of Faith's Perfection," and the soaring "Liberty," succeed with bombast and Queensrÿche-like melodrama. Elements, Pt. 2 may disappoint some fans with its lack of epics and torch-heavy balladry, but there's a strange charm to these songs that serves as a testament to Stratovarius' offbeat sincerity, though it is hard to forgive lyrics like "I know your name, it's called Mr. Mean/One thing I've learned you don't know beans."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/2/2003
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 8804775016097
  • Catalog Number: 510954

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stratovarius Primary Artist
Jens Johansson Keyboards, Group Member
Timo Tolkki Guitar, Group Member
Jörg Michael Drums, Group Member
Jari Kainulainen Bass, Group Member
Timo Kotipelto Vocals, Group Member
Riku Niemi Conductor, Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Pauli Saastamoinen Mastering
Timo Tolkki Composer, Producer, Engineer
Stratovarius Arranger
Derek Riggs Paintings
Joensuu City Orchestra Contributor
Riku Niemi Choir Arrangement
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